Chaos, fun in Anoka High’s musical ‘All Shook Up’

Mistaken identities, unrequited and forbidden love mixed in with lots of rock ‘n’ roll are on tap for Anoka High’s spring musical.

Austin Gordon is Chad and Katie Florman is Natalie in Anoka High School’s spring musical “All Shook Up.” Both students are seniors. The show opens May 3 and runs for six performances. Photo courtesy of Scott Andreassen

Austin Gordon is Chad and Katie Florman is Natalie in Anoka High School’s spring musical “All Shook Up.” Both students are seniors. The show opens May 3 and runs for six performances. Photo courtesy of Scott Andreassen

The school’s theater and music department bring the fun, uproarious show “All Shook Up,” a rockin’ version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” to stage.

Performed in the ‘50s style, musical selections are none other than those of the King himself, Elvis Presley.

“…When set to his iconic rock ‘n’ roll, the production bursts to life with color and energy,” said director Kyle Thomas.

The show’s story centers on the power of music and its ability to transform. When a rockin’ roustabout rides in on his motorbike, a small 1950s Midwestern town is turned head-over-heels as the music takes over the souls of the inhabitants. Love and chaos ensues.

A cast of 47 joins in the music-making of such songs as “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Burnin’ Love.”

Among Thomas’ productions, he has directed “Legally Blonde” and “Flyboy” at Anoka High.

In addition to directing, Thomas takes on the role of choreographer. Michelle Hayes is vocal director. Zac Campbell is technical director, while Michael Halstenson is orchestra director.

“‘All Shook Up’ is just plain fun,” Thomas said. “It would take quite an effort to attend this production with the bright colors, eccentric, yet lovable characters, energetic music and silly spirit, and not enjoy yourself.”

Anoka High School Theater Department presents “All Shook Up,” directed by Kyle Thomas. May 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. Matinee May 5, 2 p.m. Adults, $10, students/seniors, $8. Anoka High School is located at 3939 Seventh Ave. N. Tickets are available at the door, visit www.anokatheatre.org or call 763-506-6439.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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